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UPND MP Cornelius Mweetwa refuses to apologize to the Vice President Inonge Wina for calling her disgraceful

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Choma Central UPND Member of Parliament Cornelius Mweetwa this morning refused to apologize to the Vice President for calling her disgraceful over the gassing incidents which affected the country early this year.

Mr Mweetwa who is the UPND Deputy spokesperson is said to have attacked Inonge Wina’s character calling her shallow and shameful over her insinuation that the people behind the gassing wanted to trigger regime change in Zambia.

When asked to apologise by speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini who ruled on a point of order raised by the Mandevu Member of Parliament Jean Kapata on whether Mr Mweetwa was in order, Mr Mweetwa said he was in order to describe the Vice President as shallow and shameful.

In his ruling, Dr Matibini said the Choma Central lawmaker was out of order to disrespect the Vice President when he featured on Diamond TV.

The speaker who admonished Mr Mweetwa said the sentiments issued by the lawmaker were demeaning, in contempt of the house and in breach of parliamentary privileges.

But Mr Mweetwa said asking him to apologise was like asking him to stop breathing because he had done nothing wrong by exercising his freedom of speech.

Mr Mweetwa said the Vice President is the one that should apologise for misleading the nation on the issue of gassing.

He later walked out of parliament escorted by opposition Members of Parliament.

57 COMMENTS

  1. Does this surprise anyone ? It does not surprise me because these constipated frogs in upnd lack respect and decorum. They fail to debate bill 10 in parliament and choose to run away like cowards and yet they have the b.a.l.l.s to insult a defenceless woman. How pathetic do you have to be. Wouldn’t be surprised if he is abusive to women in his life. Its very unzambian to disrespect some one old enough to be your mother. And they wonder why they keep losing elections for decades now. Very sad

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    • But Ba Matibini chinangwa, Cornelius was on Diamond TV, he was not on Parliament TV when he honestly called the woman as disgraceful.
      Stories from Diamond TV shouldn’t be discussed in Parliament, including TV show of “Shi Mumbi”.

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    • Nostra when you discuss the vice president on TV station with national audience, as an MP, you are still held to the high standards of parliament. There is difference with opening one’s mouth in his local shabeen. You are not very smart

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    • One loses nothing by apologizing. I know its something even KZ doesn’t do but you gain a lot of respect when you apologise

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    • UPND and HH are a failed opposition party. That is why a new independent opposition is growing in Zambia. BUT, having said that, there is nothing disrespectful in the words Cornelius used. If the Vice President is economical with the truth she must be called out. Furthermore, I saw nothing wrong with booing the President by some Monze residents. this is all normal in politics. Obama was heckled. If the President wants to be president for all Zambians, he must stop doing the PF salute when he is on NATIONAL duties. This is the most partisan president Zambia has ever had. Even KK was not that partisan in a one party state.

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  2. Even if one wants to ascent to the highest throne in Zambia, insulting elders is is very uncalled for. Respect elders Iwe Mweetwa if you want to live longer. Have respect ka mambala iwe.

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    • Those same elders should not be telling lies in the first place. Remember also this elderly woman holds political public office paid by us tax payers and must be held accountable. If she wants a peaceful quiet gogo life let her retire and retreat to the village. In a true democracy heads of people in authority would have rolled over the inaction from the gassing incidence that killed over 50 people, instead you are busy asking for apologies

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  3. UPND is portraying an image wich is taking so much away from the voters who brought them closer to 50% in 2016.
    Just watch the level of discourse of senior Presidential advisor Siakalima and Kalomo MP on Diamond let alone Deputy Spokesperson or Secretary Gen, not forgeting the almighty President himself.
    Public relations is missing. Please give hope to us instead of breathing hot air all the time.

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  4. I CAN’T BREATH
    EVERYTIME I RAISE ANY ISSUE AFFECTING THE NATION AM OPPOSITION
    I CAN’T BREATH
    EVERYTIME I SPEAKOUT, TRIBAL PROFILING COMES UP.
    I CAN’T BREATH
    WHEN I SPEAK THE TRUTH, I SHOULD APOLOGISE..

    But Mr Mweetwa said asking him to apologise was like asking him to stop breathing because he had done nothing wrong by exercising his freedom of speech.

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  5. This looks like a case of bad upbringing by so-called UPND leaders. Mweetwa has every right to disagree with her honour the VIce-President, Madam Inonge Wina, but he does not have to use disrespectful words against her. UPND leaders should strive to be role models not only to their own children but many other young Zambians.

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  6. 50 zambians died during gassing not from gassing itself but violent mobs of injustice, just in case zambians have forgotten.

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    • We don’t respect life. We respect wealth. That’s why we are always in awe of those who are rich but not those who have brains.

  7. This Kaizar thing thinks he has the monopoly of insulting. He doesn’t even understand the meaning of shallow, because he is equally a shallow advisor. He is equally shallow because he is
    not exhibiting or capable of serious thinking at the expense of the tax payer.

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  8. But indeed the vice president and her cronies know very well it is shallow and shameful to mislead Zambians that the gassing escapades were aimed at regime change. Does she have proof of that and where are people who were arrested regarding the same issue. The vice president cannot be alarming the nation on issues that she has no proof about. Besides Mweeetwa did not insult the vice president but simply called her out for her incompetence and lies. She should be the one apologising and informing the nation about who the culprits and sponsors are.

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    • Biggest problem most pf cadres can’t different between a monarch and a constitutional republic, too much kanabesa mentality and tempered measuring scale mentality.

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  9. I am a strong supporter of UPND but I am very worried. Everytime we are getting near elections we seem to be lacking a good stratergy to win over the support of the Zambians . We start dong things that take away voters. Please ba HH this elections is supposed to be won by UPND . Can we have good plan. What is happening now will not win us 2021 but may push us even behind Kalaba or Kambwili. If we lose again that will be our end. Ba HH we beg you please coordinate properly .

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    • Judging by the downvotes on your good advice I can see that UPND supporters are suffering from the same illness that MMD and UNIP supporters used to suffer from. MMD voters thought Chiluba could not make a mistake. UNIP members thought KK could not make a mistake. These diehard supporters only came to see reality thy found themselves in the ditch and the bus had left them behind. UPND wake up listen to this advice and work on it otherwise you will find yourselves in the ditch of opposition again

  10. They gassed our people and lungu waited and watched for close to a month in the hope UPND will get the blame , in the meantime 50 inncocets were lynched in our streets while lungu waited and his minister spread misinformation , including this wicked old woman lier….

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    • I will gladly inhale it, i hope its not downloaded from india but readily available in all health institutions.

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    • Do not worry it is readily available to all citizens, regardless of tribe. We know that you and the party you support are used to tribe exclusivity

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    • It should be because tax doesn’t choose whether one is red or green.

      On your voter registration.

      Get Red.

      Forward.

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  11. Did Mweetwa utter those disrespectful words on the floor of the house? I thought he was supposed to be made to apologize if he said those words in parliament?? Someone educate me

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  12. Is the Speaker also the regulator of wht’s said on television programmes? His authority doesn’t extend there. The tv station that hosted him should hv contacted Mrs Wina for a comment and Jean Kapata should hv lodged a complaint with the IBA.

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  13. Surely MPs have rights to speak and express themselves when they are interviewed on Private Radio and TV Stations? Can MPs be held in contempt of Parliament when they express themselves outside Parliament? The Speaker’s response is strange to say the least. The Speaker is violating MPs rights to speak and express themselves outside Parliament. The Speaker shouldn’t interfere with MPs’ lives outside Parliament. This can’t be right!

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  14. This mweetwa is an imbecile who should not be taken seriously. He was as usual farting with his mouth thinking he was disrespecting his wife. Upnd leadership must wake up to the fact that they are decampaigning themselves with loose rantings.

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  15. Has Inonge Wina ever apologized for issuing inflammatory statements in parliament?

    She behaves as if she is a teenager and I commend Hon Cornelius for refusing to bow down to this useless Vice President for apology.

    PF must go!

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  16. KZ,ask Miles Sampa, Lusaka mayor for an apology, he is an expert at apologising for correcting wrongs going on in Lusaka.

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  17. KZ why is the issue of gassing your party is failing to disclose up to now after 50 innocent souls have been buried? Imagine if it was UPND involved, it was going to be like booing every jim and jack is talking about. Dora booed MMD president when she was in opposition, just because it is UPND even the cops have waken up play a fair game. Mweetwa is not wrong. We need call those who constructed the road in Nigeria on ECL fb to come do our roads in Zambia, that is the quality of roads we need to stand the test of time unlike the one being done in Mazabuka. Next time avoid downloading other countries good developments purporting it is ours. kikikikikiki . WHO IS BEHIND GASSING?

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    • The events in mufulira prove one thing – HH and his useless party are violent. Why is it everywhere he goes violence is there and the smell of death. Some will say pf is violent, however our president was recently in southern where there was no violence even after HH paid his fellow devils to boo and incite violence. Upnd is losing in 2021 and will try to cause trouble, us as government will not allow this and to protect the country we will use all powers at our disposal. Kz I wouldn’t be surprised if they fully were behind the gassing

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  18. So, why did PF government gassed innocent Zambians that led to death 50 of us????????????????????????????????????

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    • Show us or refer us to a document or ruling that pf was behind the gassing. Pf government is doing well and predicted to win elections so the only ones that would do such a thing are those who know they are losing and are desperate to show that the pf has failed. However zambian can read in between the lines, that is why they have rejecticed upnd over 4 times.

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  19. Party of the deliquent. Devious insolent unapologetic kids.
    He made them unproductive ever since he fraudulently made it to the top of the party and made it dead.

  20. 2021 is by the corner, your excitment will. You even have the guts say – show us or refer us to a document or ruling that pf was behind the gassing.
    Uza Lila!

  21. Age should or position should not be the reason one should pupu and expect on lookers to clap. High Priest Eli was censured by small boy Samuel just so you know you ignorants, older ones who deserve respect speak truth or remain silent on issues they know nothing about. When one has been vomiting rubbish from the fires in markets to gassing, that old person deserves no respect let alone an apology. Apologizing for what?

  22. Iwe Kaizer is commenting or responding to every article on luska time part of your JD or KPI? Hope the handle you’re using is not bought using taxpayer money, otherwise you will answerable for missing public resource.

  23. The so called Kaizer is part of the editorial team of Lusaka Times. This is a fraud website which will be closed once another party takes over the government

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  24. If the gassers were for Regime change where are they and does VP Wina have the evidence? So she knows the Gassers and their Mission; to change the Regime. Why has the Govt failed to take the suspected Gassers to Court? MP Mweetwa said the VP is shallow and shameful when he was interviewed at Diamond TV. He didn’t say this on the Floor of Parliament so why should he apologize in Parliament? Matibini acts as a Court in Parliament. Why should Matibini violate the MP’s right to speak and express an opinion on a topic of public interest? So MPs are gagged to speak outside Parliament? The Speaker has a problem and thinks he can muzzle and violate MPs’ Rights outside Parliament. This is wrong.

  25. Disgraceful is the behavior of any human that speaks so poorly of women.! this is not what our culture teaches us. No true Christian speaks ill of a woman like this ,Shame on UPND, this is what you will do to Zambians? Shown your true colours.

  26. Mr Mweetwa will you speak like this for your own family, your mother and sister and wife? We are a Catholic State. We dont speak ill of women for own benefit, This is purely political games. Its sad to know that HH and UPND think like this of women.

  27. I am aghast ! i didnt think the UPND would stoop to this level. A few times they have made sorry statements on women but this has gone too far. I have changed my mind. No one who speaks trash of a lady deserves any time! disgust is what you guys deserve and you got it.

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  28. Wht’s to be said about Inonge Wina whn she makes emotional and unverified statements on the floor of parliament? She has said before that she knew those who were torching markets. Why couldn’t she get them arrested by the police if she knew them?

  29. KZ,U ARE A A BIG FOOL CZ EVEN THIS GASSING THING WE CALL INDEPENDENT ORGANISATION YOUR NAME CAN EVEN BE THERE. AND ALOT OF PF BABOONS

  30. Is every woman respectable? It’s deeds and character that attract respect and disrespect, not gender please.

  31. UPND danderheads and sycophants are Sadists who will never appreciate anything unless it’s done by their Supreme leader HH of the UPND who has hidden the privatisation loot in the paradise papers because of his greedy and bitterness… Majority silent Zambian women who are not into group think mentality will not vote for nincomps like Mweetwa and HH who both suffer from acute inferiority complex…

  32. Some ‘logic’ here beggars belief. So you can call a man ‘shallow and disgraceful’, and not a woman? He called her that in her capacity as Vice-President. You can debate all you want as to whether these are insults or it calls for an apology, but these reactions are always embellished when it’s the opposition involved. You don’t say much when a PF MP threatens to break peoples legs or a minister goes round having people whipped. Neither does your GREAT LEADER who has been described as ”lukewarm’ even by the likes of the despicable Tayali

  33. Very disgraceful for Mwetwa to behave in such a manner because sometimes when you argue know the boundaries,any way this is the upnd we know ,no more no less it is a party of mangwamus looking for opportunity to strike, but they have failed.

  34. Cornelius just apologize you loose nothing than insulting an elderly woman does it mean this is the way you are cultured you people in upnd?very shameful of you guys you have no respect for elders, you will never rule Zambia and I cross my heart mbuzi.

  35. What constitutes an insult? If I say the answer you have given lacks depth, is it an insult? Or is an insult only an insult depending on who gave the answer? There is a fundamental difference between a monarch (like Mswati of Eswatini) and a democratic Presidential system of governance like ours. A lot of our people have a shallow understanding of the differences not just between the 2 systems but also including some of our diverse traditional systems and backgrounds. We therefore tend to swing from one to the other as it favours our personal egos. Lack of clarity of what we stand for makes us fall for anything. This is what some call mediocre tinkering that hinders progress.

  36. Why should Cornelius apologize when people were gassed and died. The government has to apologize to the families who lost their loved ones. I know Zambians love to apologize even where they have been wronged.

  37. Regardless of the gassing and whatever. You are our hope but if you continue breathing fire like this you are making us to think that we may not be safe when you get in office. Mweetwa just swallow your pride, you are talking to the second biggest office on the land of Zambia

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